A day to take us back to good times

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SA Day will spark a spirit of na­tion- and com­mu­ni­ty­build­ing among the cit­i­zens of our beau­ti­ful coun­try Thabo Mak­goba Angli­can Arch­bishop of Cape Town

With the Rain­bow Na­tion ideal un­der scru­tiny more than two decades into democ­racy, a group of cit­i­zens want South Africans to re­gain the unity of the Man­dela era.

South Africa Day will be cel­e­brated on Satur­day. The date was cho­sen to mark the sign­ing of the in­terim con­sti­tu­tion by 26 po­lit­i­cal par­ties on Novem­ber 25 1993. Un­der this ban­ner, or­gan­is­ers want the coun­try to pull to­gether.

“Es­sen­tially, it is our day. A day to stand up, ac­knowl­edge our chal­lenges, and to­gether com­mit to en­sur­ing our fu­ture is bright and promis­ing. For in unity lies great­ness,” said Angli­can Arch­bishop of Cape Town Thabo Mak­goba, the pa­tron and pres­i­dent of South Africa Day.

“If we cast our minds back to all we rep­re­sent, we are re­minded of the his­tor­i­cal spirit of co-op­er­a­tion and de­sire for unity that led to our democ­racy.

“Us­ing the ex­ist­ing foun­da­tions to build a pros­per­ous and in­clu­sive fu­ture for all South Africans is what South Africa Day seeks to fos­ter and ex­pand on.”

Or­gan­is­ers em­pha­sise that South Africa Day is a cit­i­zen-driven and business-sup­ported “day of cel­e­bra­tion and of com­mu­nity to­geth­er­ness”.

With the coun­try full of pos­si­bil­ity, and with a vi­brant pop­u­la­tion, they be­lieve the day could be a cat­a­lyst that can be har­nessed to en­sure “pos­i­tive na­tion-build­ing and a pros­per­ous fu­ture”.

Mak­goba said: “Col­lec­tively we can pos­i­tively build our econ­omy and our coun­try.

“South Africa Day will spark a spirit of na­tion- and com­mu­nity-build­ing among the cit­i­zens of our beau­ti­ful coun­try, work­ing along­side business and the South African gov­ern­ment, to con­trib­ute to the well­be­ing of our econ­omy and to the pros­per­ity of all our cit­i­zens.

“We urge business lead­ers to be at the fore­front of the change we want to see in our so­ci­ety, and to pos­i­tively shape the so­cial de­vel­op­ment and business land­scape of to­mor­row.”

Or­gan­is­ers have asked for sup­port and com­mit­ment by sign­ing a pledge on www.southafrica­day.org.za, declar­ing that you can con­trib­ute to build­ing our coun­try to be­come a win­ning na­tion that we can all em­brace.

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